The match at the Stadio Dall’Ara clearly highlighted Donadoni’s defensive approach and Roma’s lack of creativity.
Roma didn’t play a great match against Bologna on Saturday but Donadoni‘s tactical approach made the difference. The former Milan star clogged Roma’s middle third putting almost 9 players below the line of the ball when the giallorossi were in possession.
The four pure defenders (Masina, Helander, De Maio, and Torosidis) were constantly supported by Pulgar, Donsah, and Poli. Even Di Francesco and Verdi dropped down to erect a double wall made of 9 men. Their ability to quickly counterattack put the Lupi in trouble a few times.
Roma’s inability to find space through the lines made it possible for Bologna to collect one important point.
Schick was locked in a cage in between Helander, De Maio, and Pulgar. El Shaarawy didn’t have the possibility to properly attack Masina and Di Francesco. On the other flank, Perotti did something more engaging Torosidis and Verdi and trying to develop a necessary numerical superiority. Nainggolan‘s injury complicated Di Francesco‘s tactical game plan. Gerson is a more conservative player, a midfielder able to move the ball but definitely more static than the Belgian star. De Rossi led the operations in the middle third as a playmaker must but the captain doesn’t have the necessary creativity to invent a ball through and change the game. Strootman underperformed while Kolarov played better than Florenzi. Roma developed most of its offensive efforts from the left flank. The captain of the Serbian national team properly supported Perotti in his offensive raids.
Bologna defended its fort counterattacking with great intensity and efficiency. Verdi, Palacio, and Donsah were able to relaunch the action quickly forcing the giallorossi to labored recoveries to avoid suffering the second goal.